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're waiting for this hearing to get under way. kathleen sebelius was very direct the last time she went before the house. she said, look, i take responsibility. we're going to fix this. i'm wondering, lynn, is the real problem going to come if by the end of this month the website is still broken? >> the real problem is that there are many, many problems now. it's not only that the website alone isn't working, it's that when it did work, it gave inaccurate information. we now know that in this month the problems, chris, have just cascaded. so when you get it working, it gives you bad information. and then you have the shock coming to some people, who did believe the president when he said nothing would change. a small number of people, granted, but things did change. so you have layer upon layer of problem now. having said that, i do want to say if you have no insurance, this is still a great deal for you. >> yeah, you've got to also look at what the president is doing. he's going to dallas tonight. he's not just going to thank the volunteers but try to rish the republican governors to expand m
on assurances they got from me. >> during the interview, the president defended hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. >> i think kathleen sebelius, under difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't the i.t. person. the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> julianna, what does the white house think of the apology? what were they trying to do here? >> the fact you heard sorry come out of the president's mouth recognizes, means they recognize they have a problem on their hands. between the website, the controversy over people's coverage getting canceled, it's opened the door. it's to legitimize having the credibility. >> they consider it a big deal. we heard people close to them for a long time saying they feel like if they ever admit the mistake, then the door. >> it's a big deal they said sorry. itis what the sorry is about. the sorry is not for what he sa
for this. >> kathleen sebelius is back on capitol hill. how long can a hot seat stay hot? >> obama care is a failure. >> when you look at what happened last night. >> republicans ha to work extra hard. >> were voters really sending a message? >> big questions remain. >> there is a lot to digest over this. >> the civil war within the republican party continues to rage. ♪ >>> the republican establishment is fighting back against the two party attempts to take over the republican party. and last night, the republican establishment won. >> i'll tell you it is a shame what happened to ken cuccinelli because -- he was betrayed bay his own party. >> in virginia, a weak democratic candidate beat a much weaker and crazy sounding tea party candidate, ken cuccinelli. today a disappointed rush limbaugh let his audience in on the dirty little secret of that campaign. >> shea didn't want him to win. this is the dirty little secret. not like it is a secret now. such is the animus towards the tea party. in the republican party establishment. that they are, i am telling you, they're perfectly comforta
who oversaw implementation of the law, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius. >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so that there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't our i.t. person. >> no one so far suggested the secretary wrote even one of the estimated 5 million lines of faulty code, she doesn't seem to be going anywhere. speaking at the carter center in atlanta this morning, sebelius remained upbeat. >> we have had inexcusable technology problems with healthcare.gov. we are making progress toward fixing them, but the new law is more than a website. >> if sebelius is the happy or happy, president obama was the general taking full ownership of the fiasco. >> ultimately the buck stops with me. >> the question now is how much longer is the aca going to remain something the president feels the need to apologize for. joining me "time" ed
. >> that was republican senator mike crappo questioning kathleen sebelius just a few moments ago. sebelius is testifying in front of a senate committee about the rollout. she's also been answering questions about the law and whether the law is working. we continue to monitor that on the hill. meanwhile as republican lawmakers continue their angst over obama care, there's a new talking point. politico is reporting that the obama administration has ordered a study to determine whether the affordable care act will increase the number of people enrolled in the food stamps program since it increases the number of people eligible for medicaid. it's too soon to tell, but this much we do know to be true. right now 47 million americans are making ends meet with fewer food stamp dollars. the automatic cuts that kicked in nearly a week ago are forcing more recipients to turn to resources like food pan trees. rebecca is the executive director of florida association of food banks. florida is among two dozen states where at least 15% of the population relies on food stamps. how much of an uptick has there been at foo
much cheaper and better. >> we are going to cover later in the show, kathleen sebelius' testimony. >> howard dean, and congresswoman. thak for jo thank you for joining us. time to plan to beat chris christie and republicans are planning the very same thing. and rand paul is back in the rewrite. rand paul famously opposed to government funding of just about everything. but he remains strongly in favor of government funded plagiarism. he is refusing to fire the plagiarists on his senate staff whose salaries are of course paid by your tax dollars. >> they're still counting provisional votes in virginia. it is still too close to call in the race for attorney general of virginia. according to the website of the state board of elections as of 10:00 p.m., state senator mark obenshain leading, mark herring by 681 votes out of 2 million cast. virginia officials are examining provisional ballots before announcing. the loser can request a recount on november 25th. if the democrat wins this would be the first time democrats control all five major statewide elective offices since 1970. up next
. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets. there's a good product out there for people to get. she wasn't our i.t. person. i think she'd be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, that there would have been a whole lot of questions asked in terms of how this thing was working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and ultimately -- >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> to discuss the interview, joining me now are congressman emanuel cleaver and ryan grim from the "huffington post." >> good to be with you, reverend. >> congressman, the president says his job is to get it fixed. what's your reaction? >> i think the president set the right tone. he was not argument or backing away from responsibility. and i think the greatest challenge to anyone when somethi
one from joe biden and kathleen sebelius and miss tavenner, the head of the centers for medicare and medicaid. so there have been a lot of apologies. the one that needed to come was the president's politically, at least. on the legislation, an administrative fix is really what they need to get here. democrats, even those with legislation would be happy to have this taken care of administrative administratively. they have done what they needed to do. told constituents we heard you, legislation, take credit for pressuring the president himself to come and do something about it. it was a statement he made in four or five years ago that didn't have to be made, could have been couched. at the time seemed like the right thing to do because memories were long of the clinton's attempt to reform health hurns and people thought they would lose policies. >> jackie you made news, piece addressing administration to cover care for mental health and adick the same way they do medical and physical illnesses. can you give us a sense of the siblgts here, just how important it is. it relates and go
in washington, the white house point person on ensuring the program works, kathleen sebelius was back on the hill. >> users are receiving far fewer error messages and time-outs. and we're now able to process nearly 17,000 reg strants per hour with almost no errors. for millions of americans, delay is not an option. people's lives depend on this. we discussed security as part of the overall operations on a regular basis with the operations team, but no one i would say suggested that the risk outweigh the importance of moving forward. >> let's go right to luke russert in washington. luke, not quite the same fireworks we saw during sebelius's first round of testimony, but what did you make of the oversight there today? >> that's to be expected. the senate is the house of lords as compared to the house of commons. but what we did learn today, number one, is that kathleen sebelius resisted bipartisan attempts to perhaps shut down the website until they can get it fixed so it wouldn't be any more confusing for those who want to enroll. you saw in the bite there, there was no point in doing
the interview, he responded to critics of hhs secretary, kathleen sebelius. >> under these difficult circumstances for the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. she doesn't write code. she wasn't the i.t. person. >> is she still the right person to do it? >> the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working it's my job to get it fixed. >> the president said he assigned a team to close some of the gaps in the health care law to make it more efficient. house speaker john boehner responding to the president's interview saying quote, if the president is sincerely sorry he misled the american people, he can support this bipartisan effort otherwise the apology means nothing. keep your health plan act which allows people to keep plan that is existed on the market as of january 1st this year through 2014. >>> new jersey governor chris christie not doing anything to quiet the buzz about a presidential run. the man is all over the place. this weekend, he'll be all
of logic. >> meanwhile, on capitol hill it was the senate's turn to question hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. >> this is unacceptable. it has been disappointing to hear members of administration say they didn't see the problems coming. >> as someone who has fought and bled for this and who sincerely thinks it's going to work in the long run, i want you to hold them account, bun their fingers and make them pay. >> this is a false statement made to the american people that this administration has consistently doubled down on and repeated time and time again. and the only thing i can conclude is that it's impossible to do something in this administration that gets you fired. it's impossible. >> let's turn to pole politics. martin walsh, one popular guy in boston and not even mayor-elect. former aide to ted kennedy. received a few unexpected calls of congratulations yesterday. one was from vice president joe biden who reportedly roared, you son of a gun, matter y yrty, di. dnc share debbie wasserman schultz reportedly made the error, so did the mayor of minneapolis. the wrong marty wals
. >> reporter: on chill health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was grilled about whether americans can keep their existing health plans. >> is it true or is it false, madame secretary? >> in your plan -- >> no more excuses. no more spin. just give us the truth. >> reporter: she admitted early enrollment numbers will be low. one person who was able to sign up, alaska senator, but he's still giving the white house grief. >> he's not returning my calls because i'm yelling eight him all the time on some of the issues. >> reporter: we learned the top technology officer at health and human services is quitting, stepping down from the job at the end of next week. it's not clear if that has to do with this troubled website. >> tracie potts in washington, thanks so much. >>> now to a bribery and prostitution stajcandal rockinge navy involved a foreign chashgt ter named fat leonard. they say a malaysian contractor gave the navy those goods in exchange for classified information. they say it helped his singapore company overbill the pentagon. >>> a georgia family is demanding to kno
. a better way to save. ally bank. your money needs an ally. . >> kathleen sebelius was talking more on the failed health care roll out. in the concession speech, he repeatedly hammered it. >> this race goes down to the wire because of obama care. that message will go out across america tonight. this administration told us that virginians could keep their health insurance and their doctors and their costs wouldn't rise under obama care. that was not true. they knew it wasn't true. we were lied to by our own government in its effort to restrict our liberties. >> joined now with the report and also a fellow university of chicago institute. the editor of the report and a contributing writer for roll call. amy, give me more first take on what you learned yesterday that tells you something about 2013. >> the electorate in virginia mirrored the electorate in 2012 in terms of dem kbrf graphics. the president won by four points and auliffe by points. when you turn outlooks similar to the way it looked in a presidential election, that's good for democrats. i think the health care message will
soon. >> the president heads to miami, kathleen sebelius is also on the road today. earlier today in atlanta, sebelius acknowledged problems once again with the affordable care act's online marketplace without backing down. >> we have had inexcusable technology problems with healthcare.gov. we are making progress towards fixing them but the new law is more than a website. >> meanwhile, back in washington, a group of republican senators, there they are, calling for sebelius to be fired. all the way to the gulf coast the president's staff once again assuring reporters quote, nothing has changed. nothing has changed in the president's full confidence and secretary sebelius' ability. the comments come on the heels of that exclusive interview that president obama gave chuck todd late thursday. he took blame for the website's failures and also apologized to americans whose insurance has been canceled. >> still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. i am sorry that they are fin
access. >> kathleen sebelius? >> under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last 4 1/2 years has done a great job in setting up the insurance market so that there is a good product for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't like code. she was not our it person. she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, there would have been a whole lot more questions asked in terms of how this thing is working. my priority right now is to get it fixed. ultimately -- >> she is still the right person? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president and this is my team. if it's not working it's my job to get it fixed. >> a lot more and other issues throughout the hour. i have to sneak in a break, but they would allow plans that existed on the individual market as of this year to stay in effect through 2014. he responded to the president in the following statement. an apology is certainly an order, but what americans want to hear is that the president will keep his promise. the president is sincerely sorry he misled the american people, the least he can do is s
's aversion. >> kathleen sebelius said before congress they are not going to extend, but the white house isn't really closing the door to that one. jay carney asked always says november 30th is the date this needs to get fixed by. so my sense is if you get to march -- they don't want to box themselves in. they want to leave as much time as possible before they say, okay, yes, we're delaying the penalty or extending the enrollment. >> jonathan, for a lot of democrats it feels like we're on a roller coaster in the dark. you know there's another turn coming. >> even a corkscrew. >> you might be going upside down. enrollment numbers coming out next week. the projected target number for the end of november was 800,000. that's a big number. you're already seeing kathleen sebelius say the numbers are going to be considerably lower. we know the first day of enrollment had six people. the question is how much can you tamp down -- do democrats in the white house need to work harder tamping down any expectations that anybody enrolled at all? >> if they have any expectations at all anymore. because ther
. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think she under tremendous ly difficult circumstances over the last 4 1/2 years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code, she wasn't our i.t. person. i think she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again that there would have been a whole lot more questions that were asked in terms of how this thing is working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and -- you know ultimately. >> is she still the right person to do ido. >> buck stops with me. it's my team. >> alex wagner, joy reid, and steve, here to analyze what the president had to say about health care. later for the first time we hear president obama talk about whether or not he wanted to drop joe biden as his runningmate in favor of hillary clinton? and placed it in his factory for all to see. ♪ four simple words where the meaning has never been lost. the challenge always accepted. and the calling forever answered. ♪ introduci
work together. >> round two, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius is back on capitol hill tampering expectations, admitting the tech team faces an uphill battle to meet its end of the month deadline to fix the health care site. but the problems go beyond the glitches. the president's broken promise if you like your plan, you can keep it, continues to haunt the white house. >> i'd just like to ask you a simple true or false question. is that statement on the white house website true or is it false? >> sir, i think the statement is -- >> is it true or is it false? >>> and good day, everyone. i'm kristen welker in for andrea mitchell. both republicans and democrats woke up this morning with a win to brag about, but what do the victories by chris christie and terry mcauliffe mean for political battles around the corner? joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza and "washington post" editorial columnist ruth marcus. thanks to all of you for being here this afternoon. chris, i want to start with you with the big takeaways. you had chris christie, mcauliffe winning last night. what
picture of a keg. >> that was republican congressman grilling kathleen sebelius this week. he was referring to an ad campaign. this features a college student doing a keg stand captioned don't tap into that beer money to cover your medical bills. joining me is adam fox, director of the strategic management for the colorado consumer health initiative. adam, it's good to have you here. what was your reaction when that happened on capitol hill? when the congressman was trying to get kathleen sebelius to either give her approval or disapproval of this style of ad? >> well, you know, i don't think -- it really doesn't have anything to do with the secretary, because it wasn't coming from colorado's state-based marketplace much less the federal marketplace. so she really had no idea that this was going to be happening. this was really something that we were doing to try to raise awareness among young adults. >> all right. so connect for health colorado says 3,164 people enrolled as of october 29th. explain to us the campaign and the minds behind this. obviously you look like a young
, john cornyn, as he grilled hhs secretary, kathleen sebelius today on capitol hill. >> we know that lying to congress is a crime. but unfortunately, lying to the american people is not. >> oh, no, i'm sorry. that was senator cornyn calling the president a liar. the senator had exactly nothing to say about covering the uninsured in his state, which is pretty much the republican position nationwide. take virginia tea partier extraordinaire ken cuccinelli who branded his strident race as a referendum on the affordable care act. >> tonight you sent a message to the president of the united states that you believe that virginia understands that obama care is a failure and that you want to be in charge of your health care and not the government. >> right. supporters of the kuch sent that message somehow through his loss last night to democrat, terry mcauliffe. to be fair, it was a tighter race than anticipated. mcauliffe winning by just two-and-a-half points after being up six in a quinnipiac poll monday. if health care was a part of that tightening gap, cuccinelli can blame his own f
now we're watching secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius as he travels to atlanta. he's there to highlight the new health care law and how it's improving access to mental health care. sebelius being joined by the former first lady, rosalyn carter. >>> at least four people are dead after the biggest storm ever recorded slammed into the philippines. typhoon haiyan was packing winds up to 200 miles an hour. more from the aftermath ahead here on "jansing & co." my customers can shop around-- see who does good work and compare costs. it doesn't usually work that way with health care. but with unitedhealthcare, i get information on quality rated doctors, treatment options and estimates for how much i'll pay. that helps me, and my guys, make better decisions. i don't like guesses with my business, and definitely not with our health. innovations that work for you. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. i put in the hourswhere i am today by luck. and built a strong reputation in the industry. i set goals and worked hard to meet them. i've made my success happen. so whe
secretary kathleen sebelius and other administration officials reveal that the federal website letting small business owners shop for plans won't be ready until late november. meanwhile, some small business owners are getting a rude awakening. despite assurances from the white house people could keep their current plans, many small business owners are getting cancellation notices because their current plans don't kplcoy with the new law. helping us sort this out is tom hart, president of the national association of health underwriters and the president of landmark benefits incorpor e incorporated, and steve roeper is the president of roeper insurance and financial services. great to see both of you. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> so, tom, let me start with you. let me give you the first scenario. i am a company, and i have less than 50 employees. i don't have to provide insurance, but i would like to. i'm not currently providing it. what do i do? >> well, my first recommendation to any one of those small business ace cross theountry is don't go to melt care.kovsh first. the technical asp
been telling you. it may be worse. the news was so bad, kathleen sebelius didn't do it in front of cameras. she delivered the news over the phone. >> as of this first period, 106,000 americans have enrolled in qualified health plans through the market place. >> of course she avoided admitting of those 106,000 enrollees, just a quarter of them were done via the federal government's website. less than 27,000 enrollees. fewer than the number of folks at fenway park was sold out in the game. the state-run websites and california's exchange alone signed up nearly 10,000 more people. they believe there is condensation in the glass. the piece of positive spin is nearly a million potential applicants are in the pipeline. >> we can reasonably expect these numbers will grow substantially over the next five months as they did in massachusetts that enrolled only .3% or 123 people in the first month. >> still it's hard to look at yesterday's congressional hearing with the white house chief technology officer todd park feeling fully confident that a new deadline on a work website november 30t
there was no integrated security testing before the launch. >> by the way, kathleen sebelius has testified there is no way a hacker could steal your social security number from this site. meanwhile, issa was denounced for his attacks on the health care law. >> house republicans shut down the entire federal government for three weeks in october. three weeks. shut down the government. they threatened to default on our national debts unless we repealed the affordable care act. now they're attempting to use the congressional oversight process to scare americans away from the website. nobody in this room, nobody in this country believes that republicans want to fix the website. for the past three years the number one priority of congressional republicans has been to bring down this law. and that goal, ladies and gentlemen, has not changed. >> congressman cummings joins us. when you sit with those people like your chairman of that committee, what do you sense is his game plan? is it cheap publicity? or is it actually into scaring so many people from participating in the program that he can help kill the success
for those democrats to the support. earlier today, health and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius told reporters since october 1, 106,185 people have enrolled. 79,000 enrolled through state exchanges. and about 27,000 enrolled through that federal exchange. that has the had so many problems. that is about 21% of what the obama administration had expected to enroll before the exchanges were open. another 975,407 people have completed applications for insurance but have not yet made the purchase. many of those people are shopping for family plans. and the administration estimates that is coverage for 1.5 million people. an additional $396,261 people have signed up for medicaid. secretary sebelius insisted today enrollment under the affordable care act is comparable to early days of enrollment under the health care reform law that massachusetts enacted in 2006 under governor romney. >> we can reasonably expect the numbers will grow substantially over the next five months as they did in massachusetts which enrolled only .3%. or 123 people in its first month. we know from experience in
numbers would be really bad, really weak, because that's what kathleen sebelius was saying. they have tried to low ball it as much as they can or inoculate against the numbers. what else can they do? >> not much else they can do. maybe release trend data. maybe they will show in the final week of october they finally saw as the web improved, going up. can feel better about you have 36 federal exchanges producing 50,000 enrollees and you have about 14 state-run exchanges because we do not have numbers out of california producing about the same. we know state exchanges working a lot better as far as website were concerned than federal ones. they may be able to take heart in that. they will have a much larger enrollment on medicate, that is performing level. my guess is they will be able to talk in those terms. the real key is going to be who are these enrollees. they need young, healthy people, the insurance companies do, for this to work. they can't just have it be folks with health problems, big users of the health system, to be the ones who are likely to be the early signees. that's
. >> health and human services kathleen sebelius announced a new rule requiring health insurance companies to cover treatment for mental health and substance abuse no differently than for physical illnesses. >>> and to los angeles. two separate incidents at l.a.x. settled already rattled nerves after a passenger told the ticketing agent he was carrying, quote, a dangerous item. he later confessed he was just joking. police will charge him with making a false threat. and this the same terminal where a tsa was killed last week. they say the pattern had cleared security before boarding the the flight into los angeles. >>> nypd officer indicted for the in famous highway brawl. the officer, who was off-duty at the time, participated in the attack when he smashed in the back window of the suv. his charges including gang assault and criminal mischief. one remains paralyzed after the suv driver tried to get away. >>> and blocking the release of a 911 call from sandy hook elementary. freedom of information commission said the tapes should be released after a request from the the associated press. a
but passed in a really weird way, landmark mental health law. kathleen sebelius announced the new rules today which implement the protections of that law. insurance companies can't say they're going to make you pay one copay for something physical, then something hire for mental health. it also makes it so your insurance company can't tell you, if you have say cancer, you can go see your doctor as many times as you need, but if you're depressed, you can only see your doctor a certain number of times per year. what the administration did today, they closed the loopholes insurance companies were using to get around ilt. to unveil, she was introduced by rosalynn carter, who championed this herself for years. paul wellstone's son, david, was not audience as she said two of her own family members had sought help for mental illness. after the shooting in newtown, connecticut last december, after those 20 first graders and six of their teacher were killed in newtown, connecticut by a disturbed young man who had access to a ton of fire power, after that massacre, president obama and vice president jo
kathleen sebelius did. come on and say we are sorry and it's not where it needs to be. we are working around the clock and it will be up and running by november 30th. we are putting time into making sure it's viable. look for issa to get into the nitty greaty and say when did you know it wasn't working. was it an issue of contractors? you mentioned the officer for the white house. another interesting guy to look at is the it gentlemen named henry chow. he's not a political appointee. he served republicans and democrats. he will be someone who knows how this website was created through cms and that's the guy who delivers the most explosive testimony on the republican side. overall what this is today is really the gop plan for the rest of the year. as one leadership aide told me, this is the health care holiday season. they don't have anything else to do. the government is funded until january 15th. immigration is not going to happen. the farm bill is facing an uphill battle. this is where they will put their time and effort from now until christmas. you saw that strategy. drip, drip, d
it is up and running smoothly by november 30th. kathleen sebelius was grilled and rejected by partisan call postpone part of the law. >> delaying the affordable care act would not delay people's cancer or diabetes or parkinson's. delay is not an option. people's lives depend on this. >> tonight miss this. sebelius got uniquely rough treatment from three republicans, all of whom are either facing primary challenges or are worried about a primary challenge in 2014. taking heat for the president's promise if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. >> is that statement on the white house website true or is it false? >> sir, i think the statement is. >> is it true or false. this is a false statement made to the american people that this administration is consistently doubled down on and repeated time and time again and the only thing i can conclude is that it's impossible to do something in this administration that gets you fired. >> the wyoming senator faces a challenge from liz cheney and had these tough words for sebelius. >> henry ford said that customers could have his model t in a
the government said it wasn't kathleen sebelius' job to make the website run right because they're not i.t. experts. you can't blame them for this botched launch. this botched launch is a self-inflicted wound by the president. it shows just how disconnected he's been, and he's undercut his best arguments for having a progressive, engaged federal government. and i think we're going to see not only is he going to continue to have i.t. problems on the website, he's also going to continue to have problems as we roll this out and we find out there are winners and losers in obama care. that's not a shock to us, but the president has been promising for four years we were going to get 31 million people on the new rolls and everyone is going to be happy. >> we're not even 30 days into the implementation yet. i know republicans want to deep-six this thing but it's not going to happen. the president will get this right. >> the article that talks about sticker shock, i don't think the republicans are running the editorial page of the l.a. times. you're also talking about the fact that the president
, senators got their chance to question health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. meanwhile, the president flew to texas where he called out the state's lawmakers for not taking full advantage of the affordable care act. >> one of the things that sometimes gets me a little trust rated although i understand it because i'm in politics is folks who are complaining about how the website's not working and why isn't obama fixing this and all of these people are uninsured and let, they're leaving a million people right now without health insurance that they could immediately fix. there's not a lot of logic. >> republican congressman from texas, michael burgess sits on the house energy and commerce committee. congressman, good to see you. >> good morning, craig. >> while they may not all live in your district, what do you say to the president's criticism that by not opting to expand medicaid, at least, not opting to expand medicaid 1 million people who could have insurance in texas, do not. >> let's get a couple of things out there first. medicaid will continue to exist in texas as
indicated they have expected them to be very low. that was the exact language used by kathleen sebelius. they criteria the example of massachusetts wherein the first month of what was a year-long enrollment period, just 123 people signed up, which was just .3% of the entire number. perhaps more significantly right now, one of the bigger concerns for this white house is the scramble to try to fix the website, to try to improve the total number of individuals that sign up. the number by the cbo, the suggestion was that they wanted to have about 7 million people signed up over the course of the six-moen rollment period. but jeffrey zients acknowledged it was not really clear whether they would be all set by the end of the month, saying we are not where we need to be. we're not where we want to be, to use his exact language. >> and yet the president has given himself, as it were, that deadline of the end of this month, isn't he? >> yeah, that's exactly right. this has been something very important to the president over the weekend. white house aides confirmed to me, there was an unsparing d
secretary, kathleen sebelius, announcing on a conference call that just over 106,000 signed up on the aca private exchanges in the first month. as the white house has warned, not up to their own or anyone else's expectations but there's more. nearly 400,000 have now been accessed as eligible for medicaid, or oh the children's health insurance program. and nearly 1 million customers have gotten all the way through the application process but have yet to select a plan. enrollments are improving, uninsured rates going down, growth in health care costs is slowing, and even that troubled website is getting better. but whatever you do, do not try telling that to darrell issa. just look at what happens. >> more and more individuals are successfully creating accounts, logging in, and moving on to apply for coverage and shop for plans. >> we are not able to process nearly 17,000 registrations per hour or 5 per second with no errors. >> if you can tell us 17,000 are signing upper hour why is a subpoena unanswered as to how many have signed up? is please, don't answer yet. >> don't answer that. the
. it was a week ago she was grilled at a house hearing prior to kathleen sebelius, who is the health and human services secretary. joining me live is republican congressman robert pitten jer. he's been calling it a national disaster of the also joining us, tom scully who served as cms administrator under president george w. bush. he's a republican working who's been promoting the health care law, and seies it as a potentia gold mine that could make some people very rich. congressman, you were not in favor of the government shutdown over the aca or defunding the law. why do you see the health care now as such a disaster or what do you see that can be done to enhance it to make it work properly? >> well, thanks, thomas. yes, i had voted 15 times to defund or replace, reform the health care law. however, i just felt the strategy that was being advocated to shut down the government was not going to be fruitful. as it turned out, as i anticipated, it only had 14 votes in the senate to go along with that strategy that would require a shutdown of the government. that didn't seem to be very politicall
. >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets. >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> joining me now, msnbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, msnbc political analyst and former rnc chair, michael steele, and democratic strategist kiki mclean. chuck, great interview, let's start with you. during that interview that you had with the president yesterday, completing this trifecta from the white house, speaker boehner says an apology is in order but what americans want to hear is that the president is going to keep his promise. republicans ask what does somebody have to do to get fired around here. ten republican senators have asked president obama to fire secretary sebelius. what's your thought here after that conversation. will firing somebody on the white house staff signal the end of the controversy or did t
. on kathleen sebelius. what is the republican mission at this point? the website is making progress. it's handling more people, 17,000 people a minute. it's going to get better. obviously, it's better, since the last time there was testimony a week ago. what's the republican mission at this point? >> i think it's to create as much bad news and bad spin around the health care plan as they can to discourage people from going to it. it's sort of the last, you know -- last-ditch fight that they have. what's frustrating is that when you look at the individual states that have made this work, like kentucky, like rhode island, and then you look at these usually kind of states rights senators, and their own states had the chance to do this. they had the chance to make it right. they had the chance to do what rhode island did, and they didn't. they chose not to do it. they chose not to even try. >> they would -- >> so now they're blaming the federal government when they didn't even try to do it. if you're not going to do your job, you have got to be a little bit careful about blaming the people
the way this was developed, kathleen sebelius couldn't house the people working on the website in her office because of various fears regarding partisan political environment, funding, a host of issues. are you more confident the system they have in place now, the folks they are bringing in, the outside consultants are going to have an easier, less thorny time unraveling problems with this website they would have had six months ago? it seems the climate around the aca was no less heated than it was preelection. >> there's no question they obviously have a better management in place, property back jeffrey zients, former director, quite capable, president is involved, getting nightly briefings on it. there's no question they have a more concerted focus and better management structure for getting this done. whether they will actually fix the website by the end of november remains to be seen because it is such a formidable task. that still remain to be seen. >> it is an exhaustive and thorough piece. thank you so much for report, "washington post." that you for your time. >> thank you. >>
, juliette reports that kathleen sebelius couldn't find enough money to keep programmers under her wing and so what ended up happening was all of the responsibilities were fragmented to several offices in different locations. so what ends up happening is the train wreck that the republicans predicted would happen came true largely in part because of what republicans did to try to derail the law. now, that's not to say that there weren't mistakes, miscalculations, political timidity on the white house's part. but at least the white house is trying to do something affirmative, do something positive for people who don't have health insurance. the republicans have been trying to sabotage a law with no alternative to replace it with. >> and what you said just now interestingly enough seems to be where the american people are, jonathan because if you look at the polls, the public still wants to give obama care a chance. 47% want to keep or expand the law. only 24% want to see the law repealed. and 13% say they want the law repealed and replaced with a republican sponsored alternative. clearly
, how is this playing out, juana? >> kathleen sebelius testifying on capitol hill about rollouts, problems. i look forward to seeing just how have they press it. more congressional hearings certainly to come. a lot of theory on this straight ahead. >> i was up in pennsylvania yesterday with matt cartwright talking to voters about it. he shared a lot of information and honesty with them. it seemed to work. fewer showed up who said, i learned a few things i may not like the law but i appreciate that he showed up and explained some is things. maybe it shows public support at least in those areas of the countriment they will spend the week attack it as well. >> we had a pretty lengthy conversation as well. so i agree. juana and ed, thanks so much. >> take care. >>> frightening video shot by tmz. authorities say a gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint. miguel almagare has the latest. >> we know the suspect has been identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia. he entered inside terminal 3 behind me and opened fire, killing a tsa agent, injuring at least seven others, before he himself
find your social security number -- >> last month chairman issa subpoenaed kathleen sebelius for documents related to the rollout. let's just say he hasn't been happy with the response. >> to date, hhs has not produced a single responsive document to this committee. in contrast, the committee has received far more cooperation, transparency and document production receiving over 100,000 relevant documents from the private sector, from contractors working on this project, the very contractors who were blamed on day one as their fault, not the single political appointees fault, not obama's fault. >> it has certainly been a rough go for the president lately. to add to the pile on, you have one of the loudest voices in the democratic party essentially siding with republicans on one part of obama care. thts what bill clinton said yesterday in an interview, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment and let them keep what they got. this in my mind continues to feed public trust. on a law that is already unpopular. you're looking at me, smiling at
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secretary kathleen sebelius announced a new obama administration rule requiring health insurance companies to cover treatment for mental health and substance abuse no differently than they do for physical illnesses. the president is turning his focus to the economy. he used the louisiana port in new orleans as a backdrop to promote his plan to invest billions of dollars into u.s. infrastructure and to bolster american exports. >> let's make it easier for more businesses to expand and grow and sell more goods made in america to the rest of the world. let's make sure we've got the best ports and roads and bridges and schools. let's make sure our young people are getting a great education. let's give everybody a chance to get ahead. not just a few at the top, but everybody. >> and during a democratic fund raiser in miami last night, he said the u.s. must continue updating its policies toward cuba. administration has engaged in recent discussions about immigration and relaxed travel rules for cuban-americans. what are the chances the white house would even think of delaying the individual mand
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